One of my favourite Douglas Adams quotes is this:
One of the main issues with supporting a deep program such as Scrivener is providing enough help and tutorial materials. Although it's relatively straightforward to pick up and start using Scrivener, it can be used in many different ways, and while our tutorial and Help manual are thorough, we're aware it would be really useful to provide some more workflow-oriented tutorials and walkthroughs. To this end, we've already decided to put some time aside after releasing 2.1 (out soon) to write some more tutorials for the Knowledge Base wiki, and to put some more screencasts together.
The big Mac-related news of the past week has been the release of the shiny new Mac App Store, which got plonked into the Dock of anybody who upgraded to OS X 10.6.6. Accordingly, we've been receiving a number of enquiries about our plans: some potential customers want to know if we'll be coming to the App Store because they would rather buy from this central app hub; others, and some existing customers, are concerned that we will move to the App Store and stop selling via our own site, as a couple of high-profile apps have done, and about what the ramifications of such a move would be in terms of upgrades.
For those participating in NaNoWriMo this year - or who are just curious about the features in Scrivener 2.0, which will be released officially next Monday (1st November) - we have just posted a special NaNoWriMo preview version on the following page, as promised:
Here is an introductory video that shows you how to get up and running with Scrivener. There are two versions, one showing Scrivener 2.0 for Mac and the other showing the Scrivener beta for Windows (Mac users will relish how much more polished the Mac version is, but Windows users can take solace from the fact that the Windows version still has a way to go before it is released early next year, so does indeed have a lot of rough edges at this stage).
I have recently mentioned that Scrivener 2.0 features the ability to sync documents with Simplenote for the iPad and iPhone, and also that PlainText for the iPad works with Scrivener 2.0's new folder-syncing feature. Additionally, Notebooks for the iPad by Alfons Schmid works very well with Scrivener 2.0's new syncing features too. David has just finished putting together a video showing Scrivener 2.0's folder syncing feature in action, using PlainText and Notebooks as examples (although it also shows how you can use the feature to share documents with Word):